Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I don’t know how many people get excited about a scab, but let me tell you we are jumping for joy today. The drug Katy used on Monday is a nasal spray called Stimate. It helps bring bleeding under control and speeds healing. She will be using one squirt in her nostril three times this week (every other day). After the first dose I had soaked Katy’s wounds and applied the dressings hoping for things to look better by today. I checked this morning and the open, seeping wounds have scabbed over. They are beautiful! They are perfect! The Stimate can only be used when she has a bleeding episode like this, and since she has never had this happen before we are hoping these episodes will end as the Methotrexate begins to work on the inflammation problem. I am not kidding when I tell you this stuff is like a miracle in a squirt bottle. We have been so blessed to have been given the prescription and that it worked for Katy.

We are so thankful for this encouraging victory. We slept through the night last night without getting up for pain medications as well. We feel so refreshed when we have an uninterrupted sleep. So today we are having a quiet day and enjoying the reprieve. Katy has been talking about getting some wrapping done this afternoon. There is a steady stream of packages arriving in her name. She is doing all her Christmas shopping on the internet this year and being very creative about it, too. We are so thankful for this good day. Thank you for your encouraging comments. It’s like having a cheerleading team chanting, “go, go, go, go, go!” And we are!

  1. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    Rah! Rah! Siss, Boom, Bah!!

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    Praise God! I find myself always waiting on Wednesdays, hoping for a new update so I can report to our prayer meeting whether it’s time for prayer or praise for Katy! I’m glad this time that I can report a definite praise!

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Yeah, happy day! I’m home today from work (but still working remotely). I started an antibiotic for an infection, and it had me sick to my stomach all night. Happy Christmas shopping! I’m so behind on mine!

  4. Sandy Says:

    Hooray! :-)

  5. Jenice Says:

    Singing with joy. We are all cheering for you Katy, all of you, thank you God for this wonderful news! May it be just the beginning of more to come.
    With great hope in Him for you,

  6. Oma Collmus Says:

    Whoever would have thought that a scab could bring such pleasure–what a blessing! Praise the Lord, but please, dear Jesus. we need more blessings for Katy and family.
    I, too, am enjoying Christmas preparations. Several weeks ago I attended the presentation of “Messiah” at Hood with the Hood girls (and boys) and Navy boys (and girls). A week later Jackie made my boxwood Advent wreath and the other day Betsy brought me a poinsettia. And Advent doesn’t even start until this Sunday! I have a few friends with whom I get together for supper a few times during the season to do the daily Advent reading together. And, of course, we have the Jesse Tree for which Jackie made the lovely ornaments–another daily reading.
    Bless all of you and I keep praying for more pain free days ahead for Katy.
    Much love,

  7. Jes Says:

    Yea for the scabs and the squirty medicine! :) I’m cheering tonight with you! I was feeling so tired and out of it when I logged on this evening and ready your post has lifted my spirits!

    Noah has an ear infection - we just started his third round of antibiotics for it…the poor little guy. I guess the first two never cleared it compleatly…Please pray that this one does the trick! I know you all can relate!

    Love ya’ll!

  8. Lael Moreland Says:

    Go go go!!!
    Love you guys!
    So glad to hear of your Christmas plans coming together (decorating and just enjoying!) What fun. And what a joy to read about.

  9. Candice and Crystal Says:

    Hi Katy,

    Thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad you were able to hear the interview. We’re happy to hear you that the medicine is helping the bleeding. That is wonderful news. We are definitely thanking God with you for the small things HE allows to happen. We pray you will have more and more better days.

    Candice and Crystal